Alabama will face perhaps its toughest matchup of 2015 when it travels to No. 8 Georgia this weekend. The season is too young for “must-win” games, but the Tide’s contest against the Bulldogs will be a major factor in both division races.
Put simply: If Alabama loses this weekend and Ole Miss takes care of business at Florida, the Crimson Tide would need to win out while the Rebels would need to lose three times (barring a three-way tie with one other team) to give ‘Bama an SEC Championship Game berth.
Here’s what else you need to know as Week 5 begins today:
- Alabama dropped from No. 12 to No. 13 in the AP poll. It’s rare for a team to drop in the Top 25 after shutting out its opponent, but that’s what happened to Alabama on Sunday. The Tide dropped to No. 13 after taking down Louisiana-Monroe, 34-0, on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Fans should not read too much into it, though; AP voters simply boosted Utah from No. 18 to No. 10 after the Utes crushed Oregon.
- The Crimson Tide also gave up ground in the Official SEC Country Power Poll. Texas A&M is now tied with ‘Bama at No. 4 after the Aggies narrowly escaped AT&T Stadium with a win over the lowly Arkansas Razorbacks. SEC Country’s panel of southern football experts is not so sure about the Crimson Tide, but check back next weekend after a battle with Georgia, which is currently tied at No. 2 with LSU.
- A group of four unsung heroes should continue to help the Tide. Perhaps you noticed former walk-on Michael Nyeswander score a 19-yard touchdown on Saturday? If not, that’s okay. He led a group of four Alabama players who flew under the radar and helped the Tide ease past Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday.
Other Alabama news from around the Internet
- Former Crimson Tide star Julio Jones is in the midst of his best professional season for the Atlanta Falcons. Jones is one of the frontrunners for NFL MVP through three games, and AJC.com got some good postgame video with him after another dominant performance on Sunday.
- Jones was not alone in making history; Former Alabama wideout Amari Cooper also got in on the action. Last year’s Heisman Trophy finalist is now with the Oakland Raiders, and he just became the first rookie receiver in seven years to pass the century mark in two of his first three games.
- Alabama has two players that rank highly in major statistical categories: Reggie Ragland (tackles) and Derrick Henry (points). AL.com’s Michael Casagrande explains where those two fit in the national picture.
- One of the best moments from Saturday’s game was when the crowd cheered on kicker Adam Griffith following his first made field goal. He finished 2-for-2, and appears to have his confidence back, writes AnnistonStar.com’s Marq Burnett.
- As expected, Alabama opened as an underdog to Georgia on Sunday afternoon. The line differs depending on which Vegas source you use, but AL.com’s Matt Zenitz breaks down the historical significance of the Tide’s underdog status.
The best stories around the SEC
- Film breakdown: Florida’s offense vs. Tennessee’s defense
- Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid swap jerseys after NFL game
- South Carolina’s struggles concern one of team’s top recruits
- The SEC’s Big Picture: Florida is an instant contender out of the East
- Ole Miss stays at No. 1 in Official SEC Country Power Poll
— Randall Liu (@RLiuNFL) September 27, 2015
Julio Jones’ 34 receptions through three games are the most in NFL history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2015